Federal Court Rules: Cheerleading Not a Sport HARTFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled competitive cheerleading is not an official sport for schools looking for ways to meet gender-equity requirements. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill said competitive cheerleading is too underdeveloped. The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by members of the volleyball team at Quinnipiac University. The players sued after the school announced last year that it would eliminate the team for budgetary reasons. More Breaking News Here!